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Across the state of California, local and state lawmakers have quite a few hurdles left to jump before the January 1, 2018 deadline imposed by Proposition 64. Basically, the law required the state to set up the framework to issue licenses by that time, and as we get closer, more and more problems are creeping up. Surprisingly, none are due to inactivity or laziness.

Come January 1, the state will be required to start issuing licenses to businesses that wish to sell marijuana for recreational purposes. But because of the regulatory problems, it is likely that the first wave of licenses issued will be temporary licenses.

California bankruptcy practitioners, experienced and new: you know that keeping up with the changes to the bankruptcy code and case law is no simple task. Luckily, one of the most popular publishers of California legal practice guides and reference materials, The Rutter Group, is offering an evening seminar in both Northern and Southern California to get you up-to-date: Recent Developments and Hot Topics in Bankruptcy. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

The seminar will not only walk you through the big changes coming to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Forms on December 1, 2017, but it will also review the recent Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court decisions that impact California bankruptcies. This is a "do-not-miss" event for bankruptcy practitioners in the state as each program will have local federal bankruptcy judges as panelists providing critical practice pointers.

If you're a legal practitioner in California dealing in the insurance sphere, you'll want to make sure you're not left behind by recent legal and market developments. As the law changes and crystallizes, and as the market demands new products for new risks, California lawyers need to stay up-to-date.

Thankfully, that's not difficult to do. An upcoming program by the Rutter Group, Cutting-Edge Insurance Trends, promises to help attorneys keep current on insurance litigation trends and stay ahead of the insurance law curve. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

Jeff Bezos sold his first book on Amazon.com way back in 1995. (It was a copy of 'Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought' -- not exactly a best seller.) A decade later, Amazon topped a hundred billion dollars in revenue, fueled by the sale of everything from toilet paper to washing machines (and yes, books on computer modeling, too). It's not just Amazon that's benefited from online ordering. Spending on e-Commerce is expected to surpass more than $2 trillion in sales in the near future.

With e-Commerce exploding, litigation over e-Commerce disputes is also increasing. But e-Commerce litigation isn't like any other commercial litigation. It presents unique challenges, issues that you won't often encounter in lawsuits involving "brick and mortar" commerce. Thankfully, the Rutter Group's "Traversing the Challenges of e-Commerce Litigation in Federal Court" can help you identify important issues and avoid common pitfalls in internet-based commercial litigation. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is part of Thomson Reuters, FindLaw's parent company.)

California lawyers, it's that time of year again: time to settle your account with the bar. Annual membership fees are due by March 1st. The deadline for reporting MCLE compliance is also fast approaching, if you're an attorney with a last name beginning with letters N-Z.

Don't expect the bar to send you a bill in the mail, however. For the first time, the California Bar Association is requiring members to pay through the state bar's website. And that's not the only change this year.

Los Angeles Representative Xavier Becerra is one step closer to becoming the state's next attorney general, having earned the endorsement of a special Assembly panel yesterday.

Becerra won the panel's approval after a two-hour hearing on Tuesday, during which he pledged to defend state policies that clashed with the incoming presidential administration and declared that "Everyone -- and I mean everyone -- who plays by California's rules deserves to know: 'We've got your back.'"

Meeting your Continuing Legal Education requirements can sometimes feel like a chore -- but MCLE doesn't have to be pain. (Really, we promise!) A good MCLE program isn't just informative and educational, it also gives you the chance to network with colleagues and rub elbows with some of the state's leading lawyers and judges.

Take, for example, Civil Litigation Challenges: Excelling in the "Big League," presented by The Rutter Group and the California Judges Association. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is part of Thomson Reuters, FindLaw's parent company.) This "don't miss" event features not just insightful topics and helpful guidance, but presentations from some of California's best legal minds and a chance to mix and mingle with the state's top judges and attorneys.

US Trades Murder Charge for El Chapo Extradition

It seems that the world's largest trafficker in illicit drugs likes his prison in Mexico, or at least, he doesn't want to face jail and court time in America where he is less likely to escape this country's maximum security prisons.

It's a bit of an annoying development for American prosecutors who quietly agreed to drop multiple murder charges against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in order to ease his extradition and to face justice here. It looks like more grease will be needed.

California's Top Ethics Prosecutor, Jayne Kim, Resigns Her Post

The California State Bar's chief trial counsel, Jayne Kim, will be leaving for good amid controversy and a recent "no confidence" vote against her by fellow state bar employees. Apparently, Kim's resignation has been in the cards for a while, delayed only by circumstances surrounding an infusion of new blood at the trial counsel level.

Kim's resignation came as a bit of a surprise to those who thought the waters had cleared for the State Bar's ethics prosecutor, but for her part, Kim has signaled that now was the "right time for [her] to move on."

For decades, fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil fought to halt climate change regulations, denying the existence of anthropogenic global warming and funding outside groups dedicated to stymieing environmental laws. Yet, while action on climate change stalled and oil and gas profits skyrocketed, recent reports have revealed that those companies were well aware of the dangers their products posed to the environment.

Now, a new California bill seeks to hold past climate change deniers accountable for their actions, by extending the statute of limitations under California's Unfair Competition Law. If Senate Bill 1161 is adopted, those who attempted to deceive the public on climate change could be liable for misleading statements they made decades ago.